House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I can still remember the first time I read this book when it was published in 2000 – Mind.Blown. I´ve always liked to read, but this is the book that really sparked my love for the written word, and taught me to never judge a book by it´s covers. I also learned not to give up on a book if it´s not “easy” and action packed from the first pages.
My favorite story lives between these two covers. This book also gave me some of my favorite poems. And I still have the battered paperback I first read, and I´ll probably keep it forever.
I read a lot, and of course I have other favorites and books that I love. But none of them have had the same impact on me as this one. House of Leaves is not just a story, but an experience.
“Sublime is something you choke on after a shot of tequila.”
This is not for you
I think this is a book you either love or hate, you either finish it or can´t get through the first 100 pages. If you are impatient, don´t like to think or pay attention to details – this book is not for you.
But I promise, if you´re patient, accept that this is not a “normal” story, pay attention and get through the first 100 pages – it will be so worth it.
“You shall be my roots and
I will be your shade,
though the sun burns my leaves.
You shall quench my thirst and
I will feed you fruit,
though time takes my seed.
And when I’m lost and can tell nothing of this earth
you will give me hope.
And my voice you will always hear.
And my hand you will always have.
For I will shelter you.
And I will comfort you.
And even when we are nothing left,
not even in death,
I will remember you.”